ede·​ma | \ i-ˈdē-mə How to pronounce edema (audio) \

Definition of edema

1 : an abnormal infiltration and excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue or in a serous cavity

called also dropsy

2a : watery swelling of plant organs or parts
b : any of various plant diseases characterized by such swellings

Examples of edema in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Your doctor will mark the border of any edema – tissue swelling – and track it every two hours until progression stops. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 Sometimes edema calls for a simple intervention, such as a protein shake; at other times, the correct treatment might be open-heart surgery. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 20 Sep. 2021 George’s injury is in the same foot as the bone edema that previously sidelined him for seven games in February. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2021 His son Czeslaw said the cause was asphyxia resulting from high-altitude pulmonary edema. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 High-altitude pulmonary edema is the biggest threat. New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 For the last 30 years of his life, his legs had to be kept tightly wrapped in bandages and compression stockings because of chronic edema and varicose veins. New York Times, 15 Dec. 2020 At the same time, there’s edema: fluid trapped in the body. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, 10 Dec. 2020 The letter quotes an autopsy report saying that Grant sustained a prominent edema and a brain hemmorrhage from the impact. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, 10 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of edema

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edema

New Latin, from Greek oidēma swelling, from oidein to swell; akin to Armenian aytnu- swell, Old English ātor poison

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“Edema.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edema. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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variants: or chiefly British oedema \ i-​ˈdē-​mə How to pronounce edema (audio) \
plural edemas or chiefly British oedemas also edemata\ -​mət-​ə \ or chiefly British oedemata

Medical Definition of edema

: an abnormal excess accumulation of serous fluid in connective tissue or in a serous cavity

called also dropsy

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